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Winterfest 2021 Schedule

About Winterfest...

Established in 2004, Ellington Annual Winterfest and Tree-Lighting Ceremony is held the first weekend in December. The weekend includes a series of events to promote community and holiday spirit in the Town of Ellington. Events typically include the Tree-Lighting Ceremony, a Holiday Concert, Open House at the Nellie McKnight Museum, the Torchlight Parade, and Photo Opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph and Red-Nosed Reindeer! 

Winterfest will be held on Saturday, December 4th, 2021! There are also some other festive events scheduled for the weekend, including a performance by the Ellington Singers at the Senior Center at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 3rd. The Library's traditional Holiday Ornament Workshop will be held on Saturday morning - tickets for this event will be available starting November 20. Saturday's outdoor events begin at 4:15 pm on the Green with music, a visit from Santa and the lighting of the trees, all culminating in the Torchlight Parade at 5:15 pm. 

For more info, contact Ellen Karadimas, Winterfest Chairman
Phone: 860-875-3885
Mail: P.O. Box 282
Ellington, CT 06029

Committee Members & Volunteers

  • Ellen Karadimas: Chairman & Founder of Ellington's Winterfest
  • Sue Phillips: Director of Hall Memorial Library
  • Jack Rich and Gary Feldman: Coordinators of the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department's "Torchlight Parade" during Winterfest
  • Sharon McLaughlin: Liaison - Ellington Congregational Church
  • Dave Milnes: Santa Claus
  • Leslie Caron: Mrs. Claus
  • Jack Hagopian: Frosty the Snowman.
  • Anonymous Volunteer: Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed-Reindeer
  • Kathy Heminway: Gazebo 
  • Tim Adams: Chorus and P.A. System

Special Thanks

Also, big thanks to:

  • Ellington Historical Society for preparing the Nellie McKnight Museum
  • Ellington Women's Club for treats and hot chocolate
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their "Live Nativity"
  • Express Verizon for contributing Rudolph's costume
  • Ellington's Public Works Department
  • Town Constables
  • Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, and a myriad of volunteers for all the work they do
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